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Benten Hyakudo [Annex] no.8 Hachion Yuuki

2023/08/06(Su.) 18:30 Starting

Lutheran Ichigaya HallTokyo


The idea for this year's "Benten" came directly from one of the members, who said, "Let's do an octet pro in August, since it's a good omen. I thought, "Since it's an octet, shouldn't we really do it in October? I thought, "Well, it's okay.
It was mid-summer, so we decided to have the soiree at a cooler time. Please enjoy the familiar songs in a slightly strange arrangement, along with some not-so-familiar ones.


Benten Hyakudo" is a project started in 2003 as a "gathering place" to challenge ensembles of various compositions together with fellow musicians.
Under the call of a weekend-only viola player (the ringleader), many music lovers, including amateur orchestra members, colleagues and juniors at universities and workplaces, and family members, have participated in the project.

Since its inaugural performance in March 2004, the orchestra has held regular performances [at the main building] approximately once a year, although there was a four-year break in the middle of the season. The theme of each performance is different, and the music is characterized by a broad selection of both well-known and obscure pieces.
In parallel, the orchestra is planning the "Annex" series (from 2020), which will focus on specific composers and compositions, and the "Annex" series (from 2022), which will specialize in string quartets. A wider range of programs can now be accommodated.

Benten" refers to Benzaiten, who is revered as the god of music, eloquence, and wisdom. The name "Hyakkodo" is a reference to the department store that sells everything, a place where a wide variety of programs can be realized, and a gathering place for amateur musicians (i.e., "hima-jin").


  • Emperor's Round Dance op.437

    Johann Strauss II (arr. Schoenberg)

  • Suite in old style in D major, op.24


  • wind instrument octet


  • String Octet in E flat major, op.20


Mendelssohn is performed by 4 violins, 2 violas, 1 cello and 1 double bass


  • Benten Hundred Hours (second of the six classical Japanese history texts)

Admission and ticket purchase

  • Admission fee

    All seats unreserved, free of charge (advance reservations required)

  • How to buy

    Please register through the Benten Hyakko-do website. (The reservation form will be opened on Thursday, June 1.
    Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Saturday, August 5, the day before the concert, and will be closed when capacity is reached.

  • Admission of a preschool child

    Please be considerate of the customers around you.


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